Most Groundbreaking Video Games of the Last 15 Years

In the 15 years since Common Sense Media was founded, we've seen huge changes in video gaming. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we've picked out 15 of the biggest game changers to be released since 2003. Some made the list for their viral popularity, others for pushing the limits of technology, creativity, and the gaming experience. But what they all have in common is captivating kids and teens around the globe. Help us pick the most groundbreaking game on the list. For more groundbreaking media, check out one of these lists: Digital Game Changers and the Best Books of the Last 15 Years.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game Game Poster Image
Kid-friendly game interprets Star Wars with humor.
Platforms: PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox
(2005)
(2005)
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LittleBigPlanet Game Poster Image
Amazing game where you play, create, and share.
Platforms: PlayStation 3
(2008)
(2008)
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Minecraft Game Poster Image
Sandbox-style game with open online play fosters creativity.
Platforms: Linux, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
(2011)
(2011)
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Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Variety Kit Game Poster Image
Unique making experience melds crafting with video games.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2018)
(2018)
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Wii Sports Game Poster Image
Inclusive sports played a new way -- fun for all!
Platforms: Nintendo Wii
(2006)
(2006)
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Game Poster Image
Vast adventure with some combat rewards logical thinking.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
(2017)
(2017)
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Rock Band Game Poster Image
A fantastic music game for the entire family.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2
(2007)
(2007)
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Super Mario Odyssey Game Poster Image
Great, fun Mario adventure is an instant classic on Switch.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
(2017)
(2017)
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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Game Poster Image
Amazing world simulation can teach players about history.
Platforms: Windows
(2016)
(2016)
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Scribblenauts Game Poster Image
Unique puzzles wow with ability to write objects into game.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2009)
(2009)
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Portal Game Poster Image
Innovative puzzler with first-person action.
Platforms: Windows
(2008)
(2008)
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Final Fantasy XV Game Poster Image
Epic tale has deep gameplay and characters, loads of combat.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
(2016)
(2016)
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Fortnite Game Poster Image
Battle it out or use strategy in fantastic action game.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
(2017)
(2017)
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World of Warcraft Game Poster Image
Become a hero in an enormous online fantasy world.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2004)
(2004)
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God of War (PS4) Game Poster Image
Bloody, gory, mature myth-based action/adventure is amazing.
Platforms: PlayStation 4
(2018)
(2018)
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